This is a public information and request for information article on what can be done about the drug addiction epidemic in Carteret County NC which is affecting many residents, families, and area resources. What are the treatment options and opportunities for substance abuse? Using the comment form at the end of this article, let us know your thoughts. We are particularly interested in hearing from those that are currently battling addiction, family members of those facing this epidemic, and professionals who are on the front line of this issue in the treatment arena.
This section is maintained for the latest addiction information in the county.
April 2020 – Carteret Health Care and local government noted that from February to April 2020, there was a significant uptick in overdose related emergencies at the local Emergency Room and local authorities are relating mental health issues related to Coronavirus as being a catalyst for these overdose emergencies. This is a reminder that both RHA Mobile Crisis at 1-844-709-4097 or Integrated Family Services at 1-866-437-1821 can be reached 24 hours a day if you are in crisis.
The State of North Carolina Health And Human Services has issued the following information on the rate of unintentional overdose deaths by county.
2019 Update: This article was written a year and a half ago and we wanted to update to see if anything has changed in the county. When we wrote this resource, Fentanyl was just being introduced locally while methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) was the big problem along with Heroin.
Has Fentanyl taken a foothold in the county and how have treatment options changed as it relates to this street drug?
Other than law enforcement, what have Carteret County officials done to curtail the use and abuse of street drugs life Heroin, Fentanyl, and Meth?
Questions we want answered using the form below
Currently in the communities of Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, and other areas, what treatment options are there in dealing with substance abuse? What community resources are available? Is the fix to this issue both a professional treatment (inpatient/outpatient) and community support one?
Are there community based programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) in Carteret County NC, and if so, where are these meetings held? What is the locations of these meetings and what times are they held?
What are the psychological and medical options available to treat drug addiction and substance abuse in the county? What do people who have no health insurance (or people who have insurance but their plan does not pay for these services) do?
Are there any inpatient, day programs, or closely monitored outpatient programs in the area? What programs exist for family members and spouses who are affected by this epidemic?
What are the medical options for treatment in Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, or Atlantic Beach? What about for areas down east in Harkers Island or in the westernmost part of our county in Cape Carteret and Emerald Isle?
Are we focusing too heavily on law enforcement and incarceration efforts with drug users who are not dealing? Is incarceration just adding fire to this problem with stigmatization and inability to gain employment after being jailed or imprisoned?
What are the differences in treatment modalities when dealing with heroin addiction and other narcotics as opposed to abused prescription medications like Adderall and Xanax (Benzodiazepines)?
What community based and professional 24 hour / 7 day a week crisis response opportunities are there in Carteret County NC for those persons and families affected by drug addiction in the county? How do people get help? What are you doing to help yourself? How are you helping a family member, child, or spouse? What educational opportunities are there?